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The 24th Annual National Tourism Week, scheduled May 12-20, 2007, is an annual event sponsored by the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA) and commemorated by states, cities and organizations across the nation. The goal of NTW is to highlight the powerful economic, social and cultural impacts of travel through events and celebrations.

Often the travel and tourism industry is viewed as disjointed because only its most obvious segments, such as airlines, rental cars, hotels and travel agents, are immediately recognized by the public or reported on by the media. TIA's Tourism Works for America® resources help the public as well as the industry itself understand the interconnectedness of travel and tourism and how it takes each and every industry segment to assemble, then promote and sell the travel product. Only then can the consumer have a complete and satisfying travel experience.

[u]For more information:[/u]
TIA Fast Facts "“ [url=http://www.tia.org/pressmedia/fast_facts_economic.html]Economic Impact[/url]

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[i]Editor's Note: Does anyone know from where the Governor is getting his 11-to-1 figures?[/i]

Governor Baldacci Creates Tourism Sub-Cabinet
May 14, 2007
Governor's Office

Governor Baldacci said the tourism industry creates an 11-1 return on dollars invested and it has potential to grow. The first meeting of the sub-cabinet will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, in Augusta.

[url=http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=Portal+News&id=37711...

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“The tourism industry affects so many pieces of the public and private sector,” Governor Baldacci said. “It’s Maine’s largest industry and largest economic engine, and we need to look at it that way.”

If I'm not mistaken, Maine's largest industry is Public Sector employment. :D :D

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Pretty sad when a 3 month tourism season is the largest private sector industry... :roll:

Dan Billings
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Leaf peeping, skiing, and snowmobiling are major parts of the tourism industry.

Tourism is a year round industry.

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"Tourism is a year round industry."

Very true, Dan, and there is a lot of growth potential if it's desired.

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Wouldn't it make more sense to have Tourism Week when the TOURISTS are here? Look around; this is one of the quietest months of the year for tourism. Skiing is over, the bugs are out, school is still in session and summer is 5 weeks away.

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And now they're raising the lodging tax just to make the tourists feel more appreciated. :roll:

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They've already killed off most of the other industries in the state, tourism is next on the hit list. After that they'll have to start eating their own by taxing the non-profits.

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[quote]Does anyone know from where the Governor is getting his 11-to-1 figures? [/quote]

I learned to distrust any statistics generated from a state official. They once estimated that Maine was losing $30 million a year by not taxing Internet sales. :lol:

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[quote="Bob MacGregor"]Wouldn't it make more sense to have Tourism Week when the TOURISTS are here? Look around; this is one of the quietest months of the year for tourism. Skiing is over, the bugs are out, school is still in session and summer is 5 weeks away.[/quote]

It is National Tourism Week. Maine did not pick the dates.

I think the idea is to get some publicity before the start of the summer season.

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Dan,

You mention leaf-peeping. I have been checking out camping and fishing sites in the north woods over the past two-three weeks. The various hardwood species are in various stages of blooming and leafing out. The evergreens will soon be adding new, lighter green new growth. The variety of colors is astonishing and wonderful.

http://i106.photobucket.com/albums/m272/pogo_02/Spring2.jpg

This incredible progression into summer lasts half again as long as the more heavily promoted fall changes. But there are no busloads out there. There are very few [i]if any[/i] "from away" who come to see Mother get all dolled up in 47 shades of green and blossoms/catkins of every shade and texture. Either the "tourism industry" or the public's susceptibility to tunnel vision has arbitraily cmpressed what could really be a 12-month activity into a month or less. There is one "benefit" to this scenario: those with thin skins and thick heads can bemoan their loss of serenity upon encountering hunting activity.

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It's also neat to watch the progression of trees leafing out when travelling south to north, and back. What's in full bloom in Kitt'ry is just budding in Caribou.

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Pmh: Good point.

I have been walking through my woods with my dog 5 or 6 times a week over the last month. It is very interesting to watch the changes in the landscape at this time of year.

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[quote="Mainelion"]They've already killed off most of the other industries in the state, tourism is next on the hit list. After that they'll have to start eating their own by taxing the non-profits.[/quote]

[i][size=24]Great Point!!![/size][/i]

Take the SUNDAY TELEGRAM'S Employment Section
and [b][color=red]cross out[/color][/b] all jobs that are for federal, state, county,
city, town or other government jobs... THEN [color=red][b]cross out[/b][/color]
all the jobs for associations, colleges, trade groups, unions,
and other non-profits...

and see how [u]frighteningly few[/u] [b][i]REAL JOBS [/i][/b]are here!

[b]
[color=blue]Where would the state of Maine be without
the taxes scammed from visiting tourists???[/color][/b]

One time, I heard former speaker Coldwell insist
that tourist visitors had an[b] [i]"obligation"[/i] [/b]to support
programs for Maine people. He was dead serious too!!!
[i][size=9] (Scott would edit me and send a curt e-mail if I write what I screamed at the radio!)[/size][/i]

In truth - WE have an [i]"obligation" [/i]to tourists, as
fellow citizens, to teach them a lesson we [u]live[/u]:

[size=18][b]MAINE: [i]What Happens When You Re-Elect Liberals![/i][/b][/size]

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Yes indeed, like Dan said, the main idea for this national campaign is to get some publicity for the industry before we launch into it.

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Lodging Tax...already up to 7% and they want to raise it more....wonderful. I've already booked my cottage for the season. The payments have been made and the tax has been charged for 2007. So when do they think this should take effect if it passes. I'll be damned if I'm going to tell my guests they owe me more money than the contract reads ! (Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr)

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First and foremost Happy Tourism Week!
I understand unionman had a drawing for a prize and you won,
a one way trip out of state! :shock: :D

Now more seriously is there any stats on how much of tourism business
profits leave Maine from out of state owners of businesses etc.?
I have always felt that if I own a motel in Old Orchard ,am open memorial to labor day and
go to Florida where I own another , chances are I'am taking alot with me!

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Bruce, that is a very interesting question. Although I have never seen a statistic like that, it might exist somewhere in state government. I'll dig around for this a bit... we certainly do have a lot of seasonal businesses.

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"With the sun shining brightly on a waterfront park in downtown Augusta, House Speaker Glenn Cummings joined GrowSmart President Alan Caron in pitching the [increased lodging] tax [to 10%] to preserve the state´s scenic lands, downtowns, farms, forests and waterfronts, and improve access to hunting, fishing and boating areas."

Quoted from http://news.mainetoday.com/apwire/D8P4R1L82-135.html concerning Lodging Tax Hike Proposal

....He's right; it'll preserve the state's scenic lands, etc... People will stop coming. Imagine a one week stay at a waterfront cottage for $2000.00 and the person checks out for $2200.00: not hard for someone to think, "Holy Cow. I just paid $200.00 for taxes ... and I already sold my waterfront second home due to taxes here. They just don't give up.... " A 10% tax is no longer incidental to the transaction...ridiculous.

Of course, I'd like to think I'm torn since it shifts some of the burden to out of staters but indirectly we'll pay for increased costs in "natural maintenance" when lodging revenues decrease.

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Unless something has changed, I believe this also includes an increase (albeit smaller) in the meals/restaurant tax. This will also be a direct-hit on Mainers.

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This week's meeting of the newly formed Tourism Sub-Cabinet was a huge success, and it looks like we'll see some new cooperative partnerships formed in the near future. Stay tuned for more information on this developing story, as it will offer some new economic development opportunities for those involved.

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What is the Tourism Sub-Cabinet ? Tell me more please.

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apondsong-
In short, here's part of a release that was issued by the Gov's office:
[url=http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=Portal+News&id=37711...

Governor Baldacci Creates Tourism Sub-Cabinet

AUGUSTA – Governor John Baldacci was joined by about 20 tourism industry professionals Monday afternoon as he announced the creation of a tourism sub-cabinet. Membership will consist of representatives from departments that are connected to the tourism industry in Maine.

“The tourism industry affects so many pieces of the public and private sector,” Governor Baldacci said. “It’s Maine’s largest industry and largest economic engine, and we need to look at it that way.”

[b]The Tourism Cabinet will consist of representatives from[/b] Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, the Department of Conservation, the Department of Transportation, the State Planning Office, the Department of Agriculture, Marine Resources, the Maine State Museum and Archives, the Maine Turnpike Authority, the Maine Arts Commission and the Department of Economic and Community Development.

“We will begin working as a coordinated team to help move the industry forward,” said the Governor. "We have some of the best natural resources in the world right in front of us. Maine is an affordable, beautiful destination with first-class accommodations and entertainment choices. The more coordinated our efforts can be with those in the industry the more it will pay off for the state as a whole.”
[b]SNIP SNIP...[/b]

This "Sub-Cabinet" will essentially help foster more cooperative efforts within the various departments of state government that are related to tourism. In addition, this will likely evolve into more public-private partnership marketing opportunities. This past week's meeting had a lot of positive energy about future joint-opportunities. With a little luck, I believe this will be a significant step forward for our state government.

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Thanks ! Guess all one can do is 'wait and see' what happens.

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before I shout "yippee!"

2004 tourism in Maine
176,600 jobs; and
$3.8 billion in total payroll
That's an average of $21,517 per job.

Question:
How does that income per job stack up with the leading industries in other states?
Is it a good or a bad sign for Maine that tourism is our leading industry?
Are these the jobs that are going to raise our incomes so that we can better afford our taxes?

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Are the Maine Restaurant Assoc. and the Maine Innkeepers Assoc. members of this new tourism "sub-Cabinet"? :?: If not, why not????

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Raise the taxes on the tourists. They can afford to pay what ever is charged. Meals and room taxes would be just fine. Then we can balance the budget.

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[quote="unionman"]Then we can balance the budget[/quote]... and continue to pay extortion to unions.

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unionman -

Why just tax tourists? Why not legalize highwaymen - MSEA highwaymen! - with a mandate to rob tourists?

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[quote="Luv2Travel"]... and it looks like we'll see some new cooperative partnerships formed in the near future. Stay tuned for more information on this developing story, as it will offer some new economic development opportunities for those involved.[/quote]

I would like to take this opportunity to make a public service announcement that a "Public-Private Cooperative Partnership" is Socialism.

Thank you.

And now back to our regularly scheduled thread.

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